Saturday, May 22, 2010

#106- SEX and the CITY jewelry launch party at the RON ROBINSON / Fred Segal Melrose

I just got home from the launch party of the SEX and the CITY jewelry at the RON ROBINSON / Fred Segal Melrose.

Ms.Karen Meena (who is a VP of the RON ROBINSON / Fred Segal Melrose http://www.ronrobinson.com/) is always nice with me. She is the best! She has such a fabulous taste for fashion business.

Today, Karen invited me to this special event, so I decided to write about this event for Senken-newspaper.

I can’t write the detail about the SEX and the CITY jewelry in my blog on today (because I have not written the Senken-newspaper article yet), but I can share some story about the event.

During I am interviewing Karen and Elizabeth & Lisa (from the SEX and the CITY jewelry), I ate three rich chocolates (by PURE chocolate). Soooooo gooooood! I am going to have a “lady’s day” soon and I really wanted have some chocolates today, so it was a great timing to have some high end chocolates.

Then after the interview, I talked to Mr. Ron Robinson (who is a president of the RON ROBINSON / Fred Segal) and met Laura(who is a writer),April(who is a nurse, writer and fashion business woman) and some girls(we had some chat).

I got a picture taken with Karen with a red(pink) carpet style/HBO logo and Karen gave me the SEX and the CITY Jewelry bag with chocolate box (so cute chocolates! shoes and cosmo / SEX and the CITY symbols on it) . I also entered the drawing to win the SEX and the CITY prizes! I didn’t drink cosmo, but it was really “sexy” fun afternoon!

Now, I am going to write a Senken-newspaper article about this event and products.

Life is fun!

Have a fun weekend to you all!!! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 22 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

#105- Lunch with California Market Center Girls

Today, I got invited for a lunch by Ms. Joanne Lee (Senior VP, CMC Services at the California Market Center) and Ms.Audrey Okulick (Marketing & PR Associate at the California Market Center).

California Market Center (CMC/ http://www.californiamarketcenter.com/) is the epicenter of the Los Angeles style industries. Located on 9th & Main in downtown's Fashion District, the CMC is home to hundreds of wholesale showrooms for fashion, textiles, gifts and home decor, in addition to a range of offices, studio spaces, fashion design schools, restaurants, cafes, shops and special event venues.

They took me to the great Sushi restaurant, Yen Sushi & Bar(http://www.yensushila.com/) at the CMC.

Joanne: I love Sushi!

Me: Yes, me too!

Joanne: I usually go to GONPACHI.

Me: GONPACHI is great.

Oh…I had a wonderful time with Joanne and Audrey. They are fun and talented people.

When I (with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TBS TV) wanted shoot the fashion show at the CMC with the Mayor of L.A., Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa, Joanne was kind to give me a permission to shoot. At the time, it was the last minutes TV project, but I made it because of her. Joanne has such a great business sense!

I have been writing Senken-newspaper(a leading Japanese fashion trade newspaper) ‘s articles about the fashion shows, fashion market week, L.A. International Textile show, Focus trade show, Transit trade show and many designers & showroom owners of showrooms at the CMC for long time…I always meet nice fashion people at the CMC.

Audrey is a really great PR! She takes a note when I translate my article and she posted it in the CMC blog. She is very professional PR. I am very happy to work with her.

Joanne used to work at the major advertising company and Audrey was working for abc TV Drama “Samantha Who?” as a stylist(they have more great career!)…Wow, they are young, but they have such a great resume!

Me: Do you guys watch LOST?

Audrey: I love LOST

Me: Did you watch LOST last night.

Audrey: Not yet.

Me: Ok…I won’t tell you anything about the last night’s episode. But…since the Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Sanada came to this show, the story mixed up, don’t you think???................

We talked about our career in the past, Japanese men’s world topic (ok…this is my topic! I have many stories!!!),TV shows ”LOST”, ”Jersey Shore”, ”Million Dollar Listing”, ” Millionaire Matchmaker” etc…One hour and a half wasn’t enough for three of us…I felt like I could talk all day with them! ha ha ha! It was soooooooo much fun. I really had a great time with Joanne and Audrey.

By the way, during our conversation, we ate Soft Tofu Salad,Seared Albacore Sashimi with Crunch Onion and Ponzu sauce, Seasoned Seaweed Salad, Shrimp& Vegetable Tempura, Spicy Tataki roll and Baked Spicy Tuna sushi. It was soooooooo delicious lunch. Thanks to Joanne and Audrey!

Even though, I ate a lot of food today, I didn’t gain weight. Great!…my “Think myself thin” (+ Hollywood Cookie Diet!) method is working!

Life is delicious!

Have a wonderful Healthy Life to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 12, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

#104- Security camera and human touch security

As you know, foiled Times Square car bombing by human eye/human touch security (a T-shirt vendor, who was a Vietnam veteran) and security camera.

I feel safer with security cameras in town.

And I feel safer to live in U.S. than Japan, because many people in U.S. are “speak up” people and feel like those people will protect me (I will do the same to people too).

Friday night, it was really interested in watching people on abc TV NEWS ”What Would You Do?”. A series of reports entitled "What Would You Do?", the reports test human nature through hidden camera scenarios.

Every day in my apartment, I feel so safe, because every morning, during I am working on my computer near by the window, the cleaning staff (at our apartment) waves me (my room is in front of the pool) and during the day when I go to the lobby for picking up my mails or the coffee (we have really nice coffee machine), someone (apartment manager, assistant manager or leasing staff) says, “Yoko, you have a box from Japan! Please come to our office!”

We have 263 unites at our apartment complex, but they (7 people includes maintenance staff) know my name and my special order (I am a clean freak, so they know that they can’t come to my room without shoe covers).

The other day, the assistant manager said to me, Yoko, did you get the letter from us? I didn’t see the paper on your door.

Me: Yes, I got it right away, because I heard the sounds, someone at my door. Thank you for asking!

Wow, out of 263 units, he cares about me! I feel safer to live in this apartment complex.

Of course, I pay for that! (expensive rent includes security service! but, I am very happy to feel safer here).

Also my neighbor who makes noise (I fought with him many times about that), he was sweet to me the other day. When I was checking my fine scratches on my car at the parking lot, he asked me “Hi Yoko! What are you doing? You need some help?” He told me how to remove fine scratches from the car wash. What a nice neighbor I have!

When I live in Tokyo, Japan with my family, my younger brother(by his car) or my mother (by walk) pick me up at the train station late night or midnight(at the time, our house was far from the train station, 15 minutes walk) for my safety.

One time, a stranger (young guy) asked me to help his car key (he said that his car key was on the driving seat and he locked by accident, so he asked me to pick his car key on the seat from the window which was open couple inches, because my hands and arm are small and thin),my mother came up to me and said, “Yo-chan (my family call me”Yo-chan”) what are you doing?” Then, this guy droved away right away…thank god…I was almost in trouble, but my mother prevented it.

Anyway, my mother is not here (she lives in Tokyo, Japan)…now my mother figure is Suzie who is my best friend! (by the way, she is younger than me!)

When I go to interview (for newspaper, magazine, TV etc) someone or go to party or go out somewhere, I email her and make sure that she knows where I am going and who I meet with. When I come home each time, I always call her or email her, I am home safe. She makes sure that I am safe.

Suzie is so sweet that she sometimes talks to me on the phone during my driving home and makes sure that I am safe to walk to my home from the parking lot.

Oh…at the super market, I feel safe too. The security cameras are everywhere! If someone do something wrong to me, I am sure that security cameras are protecting me from that.

But…I am a clean freak. At the entrance, I always feel guilty to use so many hands clean wipes. I am sure that the security camera sees how many wipes I am using and wasting papers (anti-eco…ha ha ha)…I hope I am not on the black list at the super market…

Anyway, today is Mother’s Day.

Yesterday, I called my mother in Japan and said to her “Thanks mama!”(oh…she was lucky that she and my brother were staying at a hotel in front of Tokyo Sky Tree where is the hottest spot in Tokyo. Tokyo Sky Tree is taller than Tokyo Tower! They were having fun to watch the Tokyo Sky Tree and ate delicious meals. Thanks to my brother who takes care of my mother well in Japan. Great, my mother is safe with my brother.)

And...Thanks to Suzie who is acting like my mom here in U.S. to protecting me.

I guess, the security cameras are nice, but definitely “human touch” securities are the best.

Have a safe living! And Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 9, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

#103- At the J. Max Kirishima’s party

A film producer/essayist, J. Max Kirishima’s party was fabulous!

Tonight (on the 5th), I was totally in Japanese world.

Around 30 Japanese (except Jeff who is a friend of Max,a film producer) got together at the Hamakaze Sushi & Izakaya(13327 W. Washington Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90066).

And after party, 15 people got together at the MAX KARAOKE STUDIO (2130 Sawtelle Blvd., #101 Los Angeles, CA 90025) until 1:00am.

What a night! I really had a great time at two parties with great people!

Max (www.saizensen.com) has many wonderful friends! It makes sense that he published many great books in Japan about "How to success in Hollywood","Hollywood style happiness quotes" etc. He has such a positive power and a wonderful entertainment talent.

Wow, Max is a great singer! At the Karaoke box (at the after party), he sang some songs. He rocks!

Oh…OMG…Rome Kanda (www.romekanda.com who is an actor/comedian/producer, he was the host of “I Survived A Japanese Game Show” on ABC TV) is a great entertainer! Wow…I was impressed by his song and dance. It was amazing!!! He should perform at ROXY! Really!

Jeff (who is a friend of Max) sang some Japanese songs and he sang really well! He knows many Japanese songs more than me and he is funny. I laughed so much next to him.

Masafumi Mori (who is a translator and a TV coordinator) sang “1.2.Jango” (the Japanese animation song). OMG…this song (music) made by him!!! Wow…he is a great singer & musician as well.

Masa Narita(http://www.naritafamily.com/) told me that he left his business world and became a CG Artist two years ago. I think his story as a Japanese man, really a great story! His credit is already on the movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)”. He made Freddy’s face with CG!!! Good for him!

Nao (who is an actor) has a great life story! He was an English teacher in Japan, but he came to LA for his new career as an actor. He will be a great actor for sure! (I can tell!) Oh…he is a great singer too. His friend, Miho (who is an actress) is a great singer too!!! She should be in the American Idol! (She is cute too!)

Tomoaki Iwakura (who is a cameraman) has such a young energy & passion for life. Good for him! I am sure that he will make it in U.S. & the world.

Katsuyuki Ueno is an editor in chief & producer for YOKOSONEWS(www.yokosonews.com). He is making a news program on website by himself and he shoot us tonight for his program. Cool!!!

Masashi Nagadoi (who is a director) showed me some photos of his work as an actor in the movie” Letters from Iwo Jima”. It was nice to see his work. Oh…he was the organizer for tonight’s party. Thanks to him!

We(Sumiyo who is my friend and me) couldn’t talk to each other not much tonight…but…I am sure that we will get together soon…I hope.

Life is beautiful! I really feel happy every day.

I hope you do the same. Have a wonderful day!!! xoxo

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
May 6, 2010